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Rugby twins become screen royals after winning roles in The Crown

Editorial Correspondent 30th Nov, 2020 Updated: 30th Nov, 2020

STARDOM beckons for twin brothers from Rugby who have made their screen debuts in award winning Netflix drama The Crown.

Evan and Brandon Whitt play Lord Mountbatten’s grandchildren Timothy and Nicholas Knatchbull in episode one of the new season of the hit show.

The bothers, students at Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College, attended top secret auditions in London, beating many other budding actors to the roles.

In their scenes, set in Sligo, Ireland, Brandon and Evan play Timothy and Nicholas, the grandchildren of the Queen’s cousin Lord Louis Mountbatten who has been portrayed in a number of episodes by veteran actor Charles Dance.

The twins’ scenes mirror real life events and end in tragedy as the fishing boat they are travelling on is the target of an IRA bomb attack in which Lord Mountbatten was assassinated.

The attack, which took place in 1979, left Nicholas Knatchbull, along with local boy Paul Maxwell and the Dowager Lady Brabourne, all dead.

During the week long filming process, which took place in Scotland, Evan and Brandon spent time rehearsing, learning their lines and shooting their scenes multiple times to capture the perfect take.

The boys also had the chance, when not filming, to spend time with the other actors cast in their scenes.

Brandon also met Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth II in seasons three and four, as he filmed a number of additional scenes.

Avon Valley head teacher Alison Davies said: “This has been a wonderful achievement for Evan and Brandon, who are both keen actors, and were attracted to our school because of our performing arts status.

“We’ve known about their appearance in The Crown for some time, but have had to keep it under wraps until it premiered this month.

“Both boys are currently studying hard for their upcoming exams while keeping their eyes open for further acting opportunities.”

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